Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) is a government agency under the government of the Indian state of Kerala. Its headquarters is in Thiruvananthapuram. It undertakes development of industrial estates, to nurture industrialization in the state. Dr. G.C.Gopala Pillai, the former CMD of FACT, Ernakulam was at its helm for the first 12 years and was instrumental in the meteoric rise of Kinfra as an industrial facilitator in the state of Kerala. It is now led by Mr. S. Ramnath, a protégé of Dr. Pillai.
Since inception, KINFRA has mainly identified itself with land acquisition and development of industrial infrastructure in the form of parks, townships and zones. With the objective of boosting industrial growth, KINFRA has been promoting the concept of theme parks, which have been set up for the exclusive growth and development of chosen and specified industrial sectors. Food processing parks, apparel park, film and video park, export promotion industrial park, information technology & electronics park, and herbal & ayurveda parks are some of the theme parks already implemented by KINFRA.
Government has given special thrust to promotion of food processing industry due to the enormous potential of the sector for development. In line with this policy, two food processing parks have already been set up by KINFRA, one at Kakkancherry in Malappuram district and the other at Mazhuvannur in Ernakulam district. A third food park, in about 85 acres of land at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district, is under implementation. Further, KINFRA also plans to develop a spices park at Idukki for the processing of spices.
Besides these, KINFRA has also set up small industries parks under the Integrated Infrastructure Development Scheme of Govt of India, catering exclusively to small scale industrial units in thrust sectors in the state. Such small industries parks have been set up by KINFRA at Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Wayanad and Kasargod districts. Another park of its kind is being developed by KINFRA at Kunnamthanam in Pathanamthitta district.
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